New Delhi: BJP used a survey published today to claim that the Narendra Modi government has done an "excellent" work in its 23-month tenure and said its findings are "a slap on the face" of opposition parties.
In a statement, party's National Secretary Shrikant Sharma also cited a host of other media surveys to assert that people had "lost" their faith in Congress and it was staring at "irrelevance" if it did not learn right lessons.
"Despite the opposition's negative politics to obstruct its development works, the Modi government has done an excellent work in the last 23 months... The survey makes it clear that Modi continues to rule over the hearts of people.
"All these surveys are a slap on the face of Congress and company and opposition leaders. The reality is that people have lost their trust in these leaders. Congress and company is no longer connected to the people. The sooner they learn from it, the better for them. Or the day is not far when it will become irrelevant," he said.
Mocking Rahul Gandhi as a "non-serious" politician, he quoted the survey to say Modi scored eight on a scale of 10 while he scored only 3.61, less than the six notched up by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
86 per cent of respondents endorsed the government's economic policies, 76 per cent 'Swachh Bharat' project, 55 per cent 'Make in India' and 55 per cent 'Smart City' scheme, he said, citing the survey.
Congress is obstructing developmental policies of the government but the more disinformation the opposition did, the more popular the government became, he said.
"All surveys have confirmed that no opposition leader is anywhere close to Modi in popularity," he said, noting that over half of the respondents supported the government's action on the issue of "nationalism".
While a global report had in December 2015 declared Modi as one of the top 10 international leaders, a media survey in January this year had said he was the best prime minister of the country so far, Sharma said.